These paintings begin with my astonishment at the beauty of natural fact.
I work from close observation of objects, in strong daylight, at their actual size. Each object enters the painting when I find it, often as a surprising emblem of raw nature discovered in the context of urban human life. At other times I bring objects back to the city studio from forays in woods or beach. The state of stable preservation, changeability, or fragility of the forms being painted determines the pace of painting. It is generally a slow process.
The compositional unity of these disparate forms takes place gradually, in the course of the painting. Grand forces of gravity, motion, gesture, color and light play out at my will on this intimate scale. An underlying theme of memory, and also an uncanny strangeness, become manifest without any conscious, preconceived plan, from this rigorous process of finding, seeing and recording reality.